Family Vacation

Aloha Maui

Our family just came home from a wonderful 10 days in Maui! My husband and daughters had never been, and it had been over 20 years since I had last visited.

AMAZING isn't enough to describe our time. We started our trip out at a beautiful condo on the Wailea side of the island. We were so happy with the beautiful beaches and our condo that we NEVER left but for a few short hours to head for lunch over in Lahina! We lunched at Kimo's. It was excellent! That was our one and only outing except when we left the condo after 7 days and headed over to The Grand Wailea.

Nikki was AMAZING to help us plan 4 wonderful and relaxing days at this resort to end our trip with a BANG! The resort was so family friendly. We never left the pool! HA!!! We experienced the Wailea luau the second night of our stay and it was such a great experience. 

I would highly recommend Maui when traveling with your family. After meeting so many families on the beaches, we definitely heard that was the BEST island to travel to with the family in tow. Aloha! 

~Chesney S.

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Spring Break-Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

Nikki helped plan an amazing Spring Break/40th Birthday Trip in March of 2018. 

My family had an amazing time at Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana and perfect warm weather. 

Working with Nikki is so easy. She helped us figure out where to go and took care of all the details. Hotel, transportation, dinner reservations, and recommendations on things to do. 

We really enjoyed the resort. It had many restaurants, lots of pools, lazy river, swim up bars, beautiful beach, nightly entertainment, shopping, and an amazing spa, really anything you could want for a great family vacation. 

This is the 3rd vacation we have taken with Nikki’s services and we really can’t recommend her enough. She takes all the stress out of the planning. It’s truly a vacation where you can sit back and relax and know Nikki has taken care of it all. 

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Escaping to the Caribbean

Cruising on the Norwegian Escape~February 2018~Kim F.

Thanks to Nikki, we just returned home from a wonderful week in the Caribbean on the Norwegian Escape.  When we decided a little last minute to book a family vacation in February, Nikki came through with fantastic options and pricing.  With her guidance, we chose a ship and itinerary that were a perfect fit for our family of four (2 adults and two children, ages 8 and 6).  

Our ship left from the Port of Miami and traveled to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.  It was 7 days of pure bliss! The ship is quite large and almost brand new.  We enjoyed the wide variety of food venues, entertainment, and kid-friendly activities. 

The highlights of our adventures on the islands were bobsledding and navigating Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica as well as Stingray City and snorkeling in Grand Cayman. Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian's private island) was a fantastic beach day enjoyed by all.  

Initially, we did not have high expectations for the kids club onboard.  However, after one visit to Splash Academy the first night of our trip, our kids literally begged us to attend each and every day thereafter.  The staff was friendly, cheerful, and engaged as they had themes for the kids each evening of the cruise.  It provided a perfect mix of quality family time and a few hours of alone time with the hubby (which was a nice surprise)! 

Nikki's thoughtful planning, quality recommendations, and helpful tips ensured that our vacation was truly a "homerun!"  Each and every trip that we book in the future will be through Travel with Nikki!  

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Spring Break in Riviera Maya

It was such a great experience working with Nikki on our first trip to Riviera Maya Mexico for Spring Break in 2017.  Our direct flight on Miami Air out of Lansing, Michigan to Cancun, Mexico was extremely convenient and 3 1/2 hours later we were in 80-degree weather for a week!  Filling out the customs forms on the plane made it easy to get through the lines and to our luggage.  

Knowing how easily we could find our van driver to the hotel (thank you, Nikki) allowed us to arrive at our hotel in less than an hour from the time we landed, went through customs, gathered our checked luggage, and were sitting in an air conditioned van.  The ride to the Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa from The Cancun Airport was about 15-20 minutes.  

Traveling as a family of five, with two teenagers and a tween, safety is of utmost importance.  I never once felt concerned about their safety, or mine.  There were two gates to go through to get the resort, nearly 1 .5-2 miles in from the main road. Once there, there was so much for the teens to do from activities nightly at the teen club, swimming, beach volleyball, pool games, Zumba, Aqua Kickboxing, non-motorized water sports, nightly shows, etc.  My 12-year old daughter was able to join her teenage brothers in the Teen Room (ages 13-17) by me making a copy of her passport and signing a permission form.  The kids (ages 12, 14, 16) were able to roam around the entire resort with ease and again, with a parental feeling of safety and security.

The rooms, grounds, pools, and beach were well maintained.  The view of the Caribbean Sea and multiple pools each day along with the 80+ degree tropical breeze was breathtaking and so welcomed after a long, Michigan winter.

One day we took an excursion, an hour and twenty-minute was drive by van, to Xel-Ha.  There, we all swam and snorkeled with dolphins, went tubing, cliff jumping, hiking, and zip lining into the water.  There were beautiful walkways with bars and a restaurant and other places to sit and rest by the beautiful blue-green water. Our kids loved this day!  It was a full 12 hour day (7 am to 7 pm) from the time we left our hotel to the time we returned, but it was well worth the extra excursion cost to go, at least with our ages of children.

My daughter and I had a beach massage one day.  If you show up to the spa early, you can sit in the steam room, sauna, and hot tub, which we did.  The most incredible massage ever was listening to the sounds of the waves crashing while the tropical breeze engulfed our cabana.  I would definitely recommend this for anyone that really wants to relax.

We loved hanging out by the various pools for all ages and moved to a different one each day.  The wait staff was great and very accommodating and we would recommend tipping $1.00 minimum for each visit they make with drinks.  Bring lots of $1s.  We had to get $1s at the front desk daily.

Overall, vacation far exceeded our expectations for this family of five!  We will be returning to Mexico in future years for our spring break adventures.

Thank you Nikki!

~The Flynn Family

Royalton Riviera Cancun

Nikki, thank you so much for helping us arrange our family vacation to the Royalton Riviera Cancun in Mexico! I think this was one of our favorite family vacations ever! We couldn't have found the perfect resort, and vacation package without you.

We had an AMAZING vacation. The weather was perfect and we loved the Royalton! Our girls loved the vacation as well!  

Best Day Travel were kind and helpful during our transfer to the resort, even if it was a little difficult to find their booth and communicate that we had arranged our transfer in advance.

The Royalton Resort far exceeded our expectations. The resort was beautiful. Our room wasn't ready at 3pm so they gave us an upgrade to a room with a rooftop jacuzzi. We did have some timeshare people hound us a bit when we were waiting to check in, but we followed your advice and once we said we weren't interested they left us alone. We figured out who the time share sellers were and avoided them the rest of the trip.

Our room was beautiful, very clean and the bed was so comfortable! The girls were on a pull out sofa that was small with very thin mattress. It worked fine for them, but anyone larger or older would likely not be comfortable on the pull out. We were on the 4th floor of building 9 and we had a view of ocean. It was a bit of a walk to other parts of the resort, but we didn't mind at all.

The food was fabulous!! The restaurants were all really good and the service was top notch! We figured out after the first night that it was best for us to eat at 6:00 when restaurants opened for dinner, because otherwise there would be long waits. The website says no reservation, but there were obviously "diamond" customers who had reservations. We are at the buffet for breakfast and it was HUGE and had so much food. I gained several pounds over these few days. The girls loved the Gelato machine in the coffee shop and ice cream in the buffet. 

The pools were all fabulous! Very well maintained. The had daily entertainment and music. The swim up bars were nice and kid friendly. They had a foam party that my girls absolutely loved. The wait staff around the pool was great and constantly bringing by bottled water and taking drink orders. We learned after first day that it was helpful to mark your spot at pool/beach early in the morning. The spots went quick. 

The beach was beautiful as well. It had wait staff, nice chairs and covered beds and pergolas that were nice. They dragged the beach with a tractor every morning to get rid of the seaweed that came up overnight. There was access to non motorized water sport activities. They did require $3/person fee for some marine fee- but they gave you a bracelet and it covered you for your entire stay. 

Lastly, the nightly entertainment was fabulous! The had a family friendly kid show at 8:00 and then another show (that was more grown up, but still family friendly) at 9:00. We saw great shows that were similar to shows we've seen from Cirque. We saw fire shows, Michael Jackson impersonation shows, drum shows. All were great! 

There was a kids club that we did not use. During the day they brought around unique people/animals that they would take your picture with (Aztec Indians, Parrots, huge birds). The girls loved holding the parrot and having him sit on their head. They had photographers around the resort that would take your pictures and then you could go to their store and purchase them.  

Thank you again for helping with this family vacation, the memories will be with us forever. 

London C.

Christmas Disney Cruise-Bogle Family

We have used Tavel With Nikki for all 3 of our Disney Cruises. In November of 2017 we took our first cruise on The Disney Fantasy. Nikki did such a great job at helping us select our rooms, dining time, as well as activities. She was there every step of the way during our planning process. Her suggestions were amazing.

This Disney Cruise was the most amazing vacation! Disney is the way to go with families. No casinos, good food, nice sized rooms and endless amounts of entertainment and character interactions. Plus Disney’s Castway Cay is a very magical private island! You are never to old to enjoy Disney!!

We sailed on one of the Very Merry Christmas itineraries. A very Magical way to spend the holidays for sure. The Boat is decorated with every details from a large tree, thousands of lights, even a ginger bread house… and there is even an opportunity to make your very own ginger bread house while on board.  Mickey and crew get dressed up in formal wear and pose for perfect family pictures. 

We wanted to recreate a picture take from our 1st disney cruise back in 2008. Here is our magical recreation. My how time flies and our boys have grow. 

Disney also has a fun Pirate night and does fireworks at sea. One of a kind experience that you won’t want to miss! They even have a special late night pirate dinner buffet after the fireworks. They have huge turkey legs that are a must try, and of course lots of chocolate! 

 

Our family had an amazing time aboard the Disney Fantasy, the kids can’t wait to go back again and the adults are all having a hard time getting back to reality. When you are on the boat you are spoiled with no cooking, cleaning, or driving. EVERYTHING is done for you. Your job is to relax and enjoy every moment of your vacation! This vacation took vacation to a whole new level. The kids loved the children’s clubs, the adults actually had time to spend alone and everything was taken care of for us! It really was a Magic, Wonder, Dream, Fantasy come true! 

Orlando Vacation

Nikki helped us plan a wonderful vacation to Orlando in June of 2016. We enjoyed making memories with our Grandkids and providing an experience they'll never forget. Nikki helped make our trip magical by providing us with a a complete itinerary that was easy to follow. She was available for questions along the way and even while we were at the parks. 

~Scot Anderson June 2016